Simeon Nichter
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of California, San Diego



My research explores the political voice of poor and marginalized populations in emerging democracies, with central reference to Latin America.  My book, Votes for Survival: Relational Clientelism in Latin America (Cambridge University Press), examines how and why citizens often play a key role in sustaining ongoing exchange relationships.  I have also published articles in the American Journal of Political Science,  American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies,  Electoral Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, and World Development. Previously, I served as an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Democracy,  Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.  While at Stanford, I also served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development. I received a PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley, an MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA in Economics from Carleton College.
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